Swiss watchmaker Hublot are observing their continuing “HUBLOT LOVES ART” effort by partnering with street artists Hush and Tristan Eaton. Although Hush is actually based in London, he is known for his work with frescoes throughout Los Angeles, including areas of West Hollywood, Melrose, and Santa Monica. The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White is Hush’s first collaboration piece with the newest, designed around a monochromatic portrait of a posing woman who is unnamed but for some reason reminds me strongly of Milla Jovovich’s character in Zoolander.Tristan Eaton has a creative agency called Thunderdog Studios situated in New York, and lots of his large-scale murals are featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Accordingly, Eaton is representing America’s East Cost with all the Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph East Coast Bronze, and in particular New York’s Financial District (tying into the “Fortune” motif). The bronze case is intended to symbolize the iconic Charging Bull sculpture on the green of Lower Manhattan. That is Eaton’s second collaboration slice with Hublot, using previously designed the timeless Fusion Aerofusion Concrete Jungle watch for the newest in 2016.
Hublot adds two models to the Big Bang Ferrari line-up, the result of a partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Italian maker of supercars, including the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, a tribute to the Ferrari NART.
Soon to be unveiled at Baselworld 2015, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic is styled in black and red, the classic colours of Ferrari. And the second model is the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, modelled on the colours of Ferrari NART (short for “North America Racing Team”), the American-backed team active in the sixties and seventies that competed in endurance races, winning at Le Mans and Daytona. Both the new Big Bang Ferrari models are in 45 mm in diameter, with cases in ceramic with black composite inserts. A black mesh inspired by Ferrari grilles, the dials have a Ferrari prancing horse inset at nine o’clock. And the minute register at three o’clock integrates the date window with a skeletonised date numeral against a bright yellow backing.
Schedoni leather-covered rubber straps – the Italian firm is the maker of Ferrari leather goods – are standard, and are easily interchangeable by pressing the button on the lug. To complete the automotive aesthetic, the straps are painted with a racing stripe. And Inside is the HUB 1241 Unico movement, Hublot’s modular, in-house chronograph calibre with a flyback function, fitted with a rotor inspired by a hubcap. Each model is limited to 250 pieces, with pricing to be revealed at Basel next month.